1. What is Theatre Within's Annual John Lennon Tribute?

Theatre Within's Annual John Lennon Tribute is the longest running Lennon Tribute concert in the world and the only ongoing John Lennon tribute concert in the world sanctioned by Yoko Ono. It began as a small neighborhood gathering and grew over the years into a full-scale production with top artists. Previous performers include Patti Smith, Donovan, Debbie Harry, Jackson Browne, Judy Collins, Steve Earle, Taj Mahal, Martin Sexton, Joan Osborne, Aimee Mann, Bettye LaVette, David Bromberg and Cyndi Lauper. 

2. What is Theatre Within?

Theatre Within is a grassroots non-profit that provides free, ongoing workshops in creative expression and mindfulness for the New York-metro cancer community at Gilda's Club, NYC. We are committed to having a positive social impact through our workshops and productions. 

We create opportunities for the artist in each of us to be nourished and for performing artists to give back to the world through their art.

John Lennon is an inspiration to us because he exemplified this link. He was courageous and honest in pursuing his own growth; he used his art as a vehicle for that growth and as a platform to inspire positive change and for the pursuit of peace and social justice.

3. Where does the money generated by the Tribute go?

Over the years, the Tribute has raised money to help feed the hungry, build music schools, aid disaster relief and support local and international charities.

Since 2014, all proceeds have helped fund Theatre Within’s ongoing free workshops at Gilda's Club, NYC, for children who have lost a parent to cancer, adult cancer survivors and those undergoing treatment.  

In 2018, Theatre Within will provide more than 40 free workshops, including John Lennon Real Love Project songwriting workshops, Imagine Peace, Practice Peace meditation workshops, and MAD Art drawing workshops.

4. Where does the money to produce the Tribute come from?

Theatre Within relies on contributions from individual supporters to produce the Tribute. We have had to borrow money most every year since 2009 to cover production costs. Funding for the Tribute remains an ongoing challenge.


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